Jury finds James Crumbley guilty in Oxford High School shooting case

Posted at 6:15 AM, Mar 13, 2024

(WXYZ) — James Crumbley, the father of the Oxford High School shooter, has been found guilty on four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deadly November 2021 shooting.

The jury announced the verdict on day two of deliberations.

Watch the verdict announced here:

James Crumbley found guilty on all four counts

James now faces up to 15 years in prison.

Watch coverage as the verdict was coming down in the video player below:

James Crumbley, father of Oxford shooter, found guilty

Following the verdict, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald held a press conference with the parents of the Oxford shooting victims.

"This verdict does not bring back their children, but it does mark a moment of accountability and will hopefully be another step to address and end and prevent gun violence," she said.

Prosecutor McDonald added, "These parents could have prevented these shootings...with basic, reasonable, ordinary care."

Watch the press conference with the prosecution and family members after the verdict was reached below:

Prosecutor holds press conference after Crumbley verdict

The jury started deliberations on Wednesday following closing arguments presented by the prosecution and defense.

Court TV analyzes jury deliberations in James Crumbley's trial

The closing arguments came after the prosecution rested its case on Wednesday morning and the defense called one witness.

Attorney Todd Flood on the James Crumbley case

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald gave closing arguments for the prosecution. McDonald outlined the case they have against James, recapping the trial.

Hear her closing arguments below:

Prosecutor gives closing arguments in James Crumbley trial

Defense attorney Mariell Lehman then gave her closing argument in the case.

Hear her closing argument below:

Defense gives closing arguments in James Crumbley's trial

McDonald then wrapped up her case with a rebuttal argument.

Hear the rebuttal below:

Prosecutor Karen McDonald gives rebuttal in James Crumbley trial

Following the closing arguments, the judge presented the jury instructions and gave them the case.

The jury began deliberations on Wednesday afternoon before telling the court they were going to go home for the day around 4:40 p.m.

Defense Presents Case

The first witness for the defense was James' sister, Karen Crumbley.

Karen lives in Florida and testified about her conversations with James and her time with the Crumbley family. She said she stayed with them in June 2021 and didn't see anything concerning.

Watch what Karen said about James in the video below:

James Crumbley's sister takes the stand in his defense

The defense rested its case after Karen's testimony.

James said in court Wednesday that he was going to remain silent and not testify in the trial.

Watch James decline to testify below:

James Crumbley chooses not to testify in his defense

James, the father of the Oxford High School shooter, is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deaths of Hana St. Juliana, Tate Myre, Justin Shilling and Madisyn Baldwin.

During the trial on Tuesday, the prosecution focused on access to weapons and how James reacted after the shooting occurred.

He could be seen wiping tears as prosecutors played surveillance video from inside the high school.

Other witnesses who testified on Tuesday include the officers who were part of the fugitive apprehension team that arrested the Crumbleys, and the man who called 911 after finding their car at a warehouse in Detroit.